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Matariki events shine across the Capital

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ReCut, Ahi Ka, and the Sky Show are all part of the Capital’s Matariki calendar - but we’re also proud supporters of many smaller events, exhibitions, and initiatives celebrating the Māori New Year.

Matariki is being embraced all over Wellington, and many of our grant recipients and Council Controlled Organisations are leading the way - discover a selection of events happening below.

Matariki artworks around the city

This year’s Matariki public art project, WAITUHI, includes a series of flags designed by artist Sian Montgomery-Neutze. You can see them at Frank Kitts Park and Toi Pōneke Arts Centre. Look out also for WAITUHI artworks by Angela Kilford and Aliyah Winter, on display on the Jervois Quay overbridge and on billboards at the Railway Station from 18 June for three weeks.

Celebrate Māori New Year at inner city garden

Bond Street Community Garden

Friday 15 June

12 Noon-2.30pm

Learn more about te ao Māori and Matariki this Rāmere. Help us prepare the garden for spring, discover taonga from your local library, share kai and kawakawa tea - or just relax on a bean bag!

Matariki at the zoo

Wellington Zoo

16-17 June

Visit the Zoo to celebrate the start of Matariki. There will be many fun activities for you to participate in such as: making your own Matariki lantern to light up the winter sky; learning the Te Reo Māori names of the animals at the Zoo, and giving the animals harakeke whetū (flax star) enrichment to keep them busy.

Public korero at Central Library for Matariki

June 18-19

65 Victoria Street

Come and hear two speakers discussing winter food traditions and whakapapa resources at the library. Visit the website for more information about events and times.

Matariki morning

Capital E

Tuesday 19 June


A fun morning celebrating Matariki with craft activities, Moira Wairama's legendary story time and Waiata singing with Lala from Community Music Junction.

Whanau Day - E Kohiko Ana Matariki

Capital E

Saturday 23 June


Let's celebrate Matariki with our friends and family with Kapa Haka performances, cultural craft activities and kite-making! Storyteller Moira Wairama will also be coming in to share some Māori myths and legends with the tamariki.

Story-telling at 11-11:30am will be accompanied by NZSL interpreter.

Timotimo Under the Stars

Space Place at Carter Observatory

27 June 6.30-7.15pm

28 June 8-8.45pm

Celebrate Matariki at Space Place. Join Timotimo under the stars in the Planetarium dome for magical Matariki stories.

This 45-minute session transports you to the stars and back through waiata, tāonga pūoro and movement. General admission charges apply.

Matariki dawn viewing

Mt Victoria lookout

Saturday 30 June


Enjoy a special opportunity to view the rise of Matariki from Tangi te Keo/Mount Victoria summit.

Matariki at the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre

27 Chelsea St

Saturday 7 July


Celebrate Matariki with music and kai. Free entry, all welcome, Hangi $10.

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